PLASA and ProSight Specialty Insurance Team Up to Advance Entertainment Industry Safety and to Deliver Technical Standards Free of Charge

IATSE Announces Agreement with NETworks

PLASA Technical standards are now available to everyone for free thanks to ProSight Specialty Insurance!

MORRISTOWN, NJ/NEW YORK, NY (April 15, 2013) – ProSight Specialty Insurance, a global specialty insurance carrier in the film and live events industry, today announced that it is partnering with PLASA, the global leader in developing technical standards for the entertainment industries. The organizations have collaborated to advance PLASA’s Technical Standards Program to increase safety throughout entertainment production. Together ProSight and PLASA are ensuring that every professional in the business has access to all PLASA Technical Standards by making them available to anyone free of charge.

According to Lori Rubinstein, Executive Director of PLASA, North America, “Our alliance with ProSight will have a significant impact on the entertainment industry by allowing all those involved in the creation of entertainment events free access to standards that will make their lives safer and easier. We are thrilled that ProSight shares our commitment to making sure that everyone who attends or works on an entertainment event, from a live show to a film shoot, goes home safely at the end of the day. Technical standards protect lives, prevent accidents, save money, solve problems, and encourage creativity.”

“Every day, ProSight’s specialist underwriters work to protect both the professionals who create the entertainment experience as well as the people who enjoy the results of their efforts,” said Kevin Topper, Vice President of Entertainment Programs, ProSight Specialty Insurance. “With the leading risk management professionals in the entertainment industry on our team, ProSight is seamlessly aligned with PLASA’s mission to enhance business practices and skills development in our industry.”

ProSight’s leading insurance offering is centered on delivering specialized expertise, paired with a broad array of responsive insurance and risk management products designed to meet the unique needs of film and live events professionals so that they can seamlessly showcase their craft.  As part of this new alliance, companies that employ ETCP Certified Technicians earn preferred rates on insurance solutions from ProSight due to the improved risk profile that comes from experience, skill and professionalism.
PLASA and ProSight will utilize print and digital advertising campaigns, social media channels and a dedicated co-branded website plasa.prosightspecialty.com to advance the alliance.  The co-branded website is a resource for entertainment technology professionals interested in industry insights and skills development. It features fresh content from ProSight and PLASA, benefits of PLASA membership and updates on Technical Standards and Certification, as well as additional information about ProSight’s many insurance solutions for the film and live events industries.

About ProSight
ProSight Specialty Insurance Group, Inc. and its member insurers was founded by CEO Joseph Beneducci in 2009 and are backed by affiliates of TPG Capital and GS Capital Partners. ProSight Specialty Insurance focuses on niche markets where it has differentiated underwriting and claims expertise and partners exclusively with specialist distributors who have a deep understanding of their customers.  For more information, please visit www.prosightspecialty.com.

PLASA is the leading international trade association for those who supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries. Operating from offices in Europe and North America, the Association provides business support services to its growing worldwide membership, writes industry standards, leads the development of qualifications with the Entertainment Technician Certification Program in North America and the National Rigging Certificate in Europe and focuses on improving the business practices adopted by the industry. With over 1200 members worldwide, it represents one of the largest member networks in the industry. For more information, please visit www.plasa.org.

PLASA also runs successful media and events divisions and is responsible for the industry-leading magazines Lighting&Sound International, Lighting&Sound America and Protocol and the PLASA Show in London, together with the regional PLASA Focus events.

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The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees or IATSE (full name: International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada), is a labor union representing over 170,000 technicians, artisans and craftspersons in the entertainment industry, including live events, motion picture and television production, broadcast, and trade shows in the United States and Canada.

For more information please contact:
General: comms@iatse.net
Press: press@iatse.net


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